ATX Form Factor, Intel LGA1150 Socket, Intel Z97 Chipset

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The arctic-camouflaged Sabretooth Z97 Mark S Limited Edition Motherboard from Asus is designed to fit in standard size ATX cases. The 12.0 x 9.6" Sabretooth Z97 Mark S supports 5th, New 4th, and 4th generation Intel Core i7, i5, i3, Pentium, and Celeron processors. The Sabretooth Z97 has been designed to deliver power and speed to Internet browsing, extreme gaming, and CAD software. It also features a strengthened backplate and a flexible cooling system for increased stability. This motherboard is compatible with Windows 8.1, 8, and 7 operating systems.

The ATX form factor of the Sabretooth Z97 can support 32GB of RAM and comes with 4 x DIMM slots that can each hold 8GB of DDR3 1866 / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 MHz non-ECC, unbuffered memory modules for dual channel memory architecture. The Sabretooth Z97 also has a total of 6 x SATA III 6 Gb/s ports, 1 x SATA Express connector, 4 x USB 3.0 ports, 4 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI port, 5 x audio jacks, 1 x S/PDIF, and 2 x Gigabit LAN ports. To provide data redundancy, RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 modes are supported. For PCIe expansion, there are two PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 slots (single at x16, dual at x8/x8), one PCIe 2.0 x16 slot (max at x4 mode), and three PCIe x1 slots.

The Sabretooth Z97 Mark S is designed to be a complete solution provider. To this end, it undergoes thermal shock, MTBF, and whole-grade server-stability tests of over 7,000 hours and compatibility cheques with over 1,000 devices. To help it achieve these standards, this motherboard is built with Thermal Armour and a flow valve to help optimise airflow and boost heat dissipation, as well as Thermal Radar 2, which is customised fan tuning to help tweak system cooling. TUF ICe is a microchip that helps deliver precise temperature monitoring and fan controls, and the TUF Fortifier helps improve rigidity and cooling behind the board, to help ensure that the motherboard won't collapse under heavy components. The TUF Fortifier also includes a thermal pad to help direct heat away from the VRM and other components.

Key Features

Arctic Camo Thermal Armour with Flow Valve

  • More than just a cool military-styled cover, TUF Thermal Armour employs dual fans to provide boosted airflow for rapid cooling. Reversible-airflow technology blows dust up and away from the heatsink VRM, while the flow-valve design controls the heat-pipe's air contact. This works well with liquid-cooling setups

Thermal Radar 2

  • Z97 Thermal Radar 2 now lets you control fans on ASUS graphics cards, as well your case fans. Dust de-Fan technology spins Thermal Armour's assistant fan in reverse to blow particles out of the case. Multiple onboard sensors and the bundled thermistor cable let you monitor graphics card temperatures and other key components in real time, so you can adjust manually or optimise automatically with one click


  • The ASUS TUF engineering team has forged a microchip that helps deliver precise temperature monitoring and fan controls. With the TUF ICe, monitoring of onboard temperature sensors and fan speeds is accurate, whether you're adjusting settings manually or using the automatic one-click optimisation

Arctic Camo TUF Fortifier

  • TUF delivers strength and cooling via the TUF Fortifier. A reinforced backplate helps ensure that the motherboard doesn't buckle under the weight of heavy graphics cards and CPU coolers, minimising the risk of damaged circuitry from bowing and bending.

TUF Fortifier also includes a thermal pad that helps direct heat away from the VRM and other components, which helps reduce operating temperatures by up to 45°F / 7°C

TUF Components

  • TUF 10K Ti-Caps: Up to +20% temperature tolerance and 5x longer lifetime usage TUF Alloy Chokes: Up to 13.6% cooler for more durability TUF MOSFETs: Military-grade certified MOSFETs with lower RDS(on)

White Dust Defenders

  • TUF design protects back I/O ports, expansion and memory slots, plus critical connectors from dust and particles that degrade system performance over time if left unchecked. With a filter to help ensure the back I/O fan doesn't draw dust into the board, Dust Defenders guard against dust build up, helping your PC perform in an optimal and stable state longer

Server-Grade Tests

  • TUF motherboards undergo temperature variations (thermal shock), Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) tests, and many whole-build server-grade stability tests

Limited 5-Year Warranty

  • Each and every TUF motherboard is built with components certified for military use and undergoes server-level burn-in tests, including over 7,000 hours of compatibility cheques with over 1,000 devices, which is why every board is covered by a limited 5-year warranty

TUF ESD Guards

  • Electrostatic discharge (ESD) can happen suddenly, and its damaging effects are easily underestimated. TUF ESD Guards are tested to standards that are up to 30% higher than industry standards, helping to ensure that electrostatic discharges are properly grounded from all onboard connectivity


  • The mouse-controlled graphical BIOS is with improvements to both EZ and Advanced Modes. It benefits both the novice builder as well as the seasoned overclocker.

EZ Mode Fan Profile: Detailed CPU and case fan information for cooling SATA Information: Displays SATA port details for you to recognise devices Fast Clock Adjustment: Use mouse controls to change the time and date EZ XMP: Improve your DRAM performance with a click

Advanced Mode Shortcut: Press Enter to create shortcuts to various settings, or select an existing shortcut and press F4 to go straight there Quick Notes: Makes notes and capture BIOS-related ideas Last Modified Log: Track last change and save preferred profiles onto a USB drive SATA Port Renaming: Rename SATA ports for purposes of identification

CrackedUp Content Creation

  • If design is in your blood, a TUF Z97 motherboard needs to be on your desktop. USB 3.0 Boost technology drives data transfer at speeds that are up to 170% faster than standard speeds, while SATA Express connectivity stores and retrieves data at up to 10 Gb/s. For you, that means a more efficient workflow every hour of every day. You also get our Turbo LAN technology, which automatically optimises your Internet connection for a faster and smoother file transfer process. The TUF Z97 even helps with your multiple-monitor setup, ensuring total stability right up to 4K UHD resolutions

Upgrade to Thunderbolt

  • The ASUS ThunderboltEX II series is the first Intel-certified Thunderbolt 2 add-on card, offering the flexibility to upgrade your own build to Thunderbolt technology whenever you want. You can enjoy bi-directional transfer speeds up to 10 Gb/s, which is up to four times (4X) faster than USB 3.0. Experience video in incredible detail on 4K/UHD (ultra-high-definition) displays while using bandwidth-hungry storage devices at the same time

TUF Audio Design

  • TUF Audio Design makes short work of optimising audio settings for the way you want to listen, chatting, watching movies, or relaxing to your favourite music. Onboard physical shielding, a professional engineered design, and premium components result in sound output that has exceptional clarity and fidelity.

Audio Shielding: Physical isolation of analogue and digital components helps reduce multi-lateral interference Audio Amplifier: Helps enhance the sound quality for headphones and speakers De-Pop Circuit: Helps reduce start-up popping noise to all audio outputs Layout Design: Separate layers for left and right channels to guard the quality of the sensitive audio signals


  • We understand how you use your PC. From assembly, system setting and monitoring, and to firmware and hardware updates, we're all about making your life easier. That's why we never stop developing new and exciting DIY opportunities to make PC DIY fun.

1) Assembly: ASUS Q-Design helps make PC building quick and easy 2) Settings: ASUS AI Suite 3 is a one-stop shop for adjusting your settings 3) Monitoring: ASUS Push Notice monitors your PC status on the go 4) BIOS Updates: ASUS USB BIOS Flashback updates your BIOS without a CPU installed


Intel Socket 1150 for the 5th/New 4th/4th Generation Core i7/Core i5/Core i3/Pentium/Celeron Processors
Supports Intel 22 nm CPU
Supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
Intel Z97
4 x DIMM, Max. 32 GB, DDR3 1866/1600/1333 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel Memory Architecture
Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
Integrated Graphics Processor - Intel HD Graphics support
Multi-VGA output support: HDMI/DisplayPort ports
- Supports HDMI with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
- Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 3840 x 2160 @ 60 Hz
Maximum shared memory of 512 MB
Supports Intel InTru 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider
DP 1.2 Multi-Stream Transport compliant, supports DP 1.2 monitor daisy chain up to 3 displays
Multi-GPU Support
Supports NVIDIA Quad-GPU SLI Technology
Supports AMD Quad-GPU CrossFireX Technology
Expansion Slots
2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (Single at x16, dual at x8/x8)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (max at x4 mode, black)
3 x PCIe x1
Intel Z97 chipset:
1 x SATA Express port, black, compatible with 2 x SATA III 6 Gb/s ports
4 x SATA 6 Gb/s ports, black
Supports Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Supports Intel Smart Response Technology, Intel Rapid Start Technology, Intel Smart Connect Technology

ASMedia ASM1061 controller:
2 x SATA 6 Gb/s ports, beige
Intel I218V, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controller, Dual interconnect between the Integrated Media Access Controller (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY)
Realtek 8111GR, 1 x Gigabit LAN Controllers
Dual Gigabit LAN controllers- 802.3az Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) appliance
Realtek ALC1150 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
- High quality 112 dB SNR stereo playback output (Line-out at rear) and 104 dB
SNR recording input (Line-in)

Audio Features:
- Absolute Pitch 192 kHz/ 24-bit True BD Lossless Sound
- Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
- BD Audio Layer Content Protection
- Audio Shielding: Helps ensure precision analogue/digital separation and reduced multi-lateral interference
- Dedicated audio PCB layers: Separate layers for left and right channels to guard the quality of the sensitive audio signals
- Audio amplifier: Provides the highest-quality sound for headphone and speakers
- De-pop circuit: Helps reduce start-up popping noise to audio outputs
USB Ports
Intel Z97 chipset:
6 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 at back panel, blue, 4 at mid-board)

ASMedia USB 3.0 controller:
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 at back panel, blue)

Intel Z97 chipset: 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 at back panel, black, 4 at mid-board)
Special Features
TUF ENGINE! Power Design:
- 8 +2 Digital Phase Power Design
- TUF Components (New Alloy Choke, Ti-Cap. & MOSFET; certified by military-standard)
- ASUS DIGI+ Power Control Utility

Ultimate COOL! Thermal Solution:
- TUF Thermal Armour with Flow Valve
- TUF Thermal Radar 2 with Thermistors

Safe & Stable! Guardian Angel:
- Dust Defenders
- TUF Fortifier
- TUF ESD Guards

ASUS Exclusive Features:
- Remote GO!
- USB BIOS Flashback
- MemOK!
- AI Suite 3
- Ai Charger+
- USB Charger+
- Anti-Surge
- Front Panel USB 3.0 Support
- ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode featuring friendly graphics user interface
- USB 3.0 Boost
- Disk Unlocker
- Turbo LAN

Interactive Home Cloud
- Media Streamer

- Precision Tweaker 2
- ASUS O.C. Profile
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 2
- ASUS USB BIOS Flashback
- Multi-language BIOS
- Push Notice
- Media Streamer

ASUS Q-Design:
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS Q-Cable
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU, DRAM, VGA, Boot Device LED)
- ASUS Q-Slot
- ASUS Q-Connector
Operating System Support
Windows 8.1, 8, 7
Back I/O Ports
1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI
2 x LAN (RJ45) ports
4 x USB 3.0 (blue)
4 x USB 2.0 (one port can be switched to USB BIOS Flashback)
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
5 x Audio jacks
1 x USB BIOS Flashback Buttons
Internal I/O Ports
2 x USB 3.0 connectors support an additional 4 USB 3.0 ports (19-pin, moss green)
2 x USB 2.0 connectors support an additional 4 USB 2.0 ports
1 x SATA Express connector: black, compatible with 2 x SATA III 6 Gb/s ports
1 x TPM header
6 x SATA III 6 Gb/s connectors
1 x CPU Fan connector (1 x 4 -pin)
1 x CPU OPT Fan connector (1 x 4 -pin)
4 x Chassis Fan connectors (4 x 4-pin)
3 x Assistant Fan connectors (2 x 3-pin, 1 x 4-pin, [White])
1 x S/PDIF out header
1 x Thunderbolt header
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector
1 x Front panel audio connector (AAFP)
1 x System panel (Q-Connector)
1 x DRCT header
1 x MemOK! button
3 x Thermal sensor connectors
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
64 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS, PnP, DMI2.7, WfM2.0, SM BIOS 2.8, ACPI 5.0, Multi-language BIOS, ASUS EZ Flash 2, CrashFree BIOS 3, F11 EZ Tuning Wizard, F6 Qfan Control, F3 My Favourites, Quick Note, Last Modified log, F12 PrintScreen, F3 Shortcut functions, and ASUS DRAM SPD (Serial Presence Detect) memory information
WfM 2.0, DMI 2.7, WOL by PME, PXE
Support Disc
Anti-virus software (OEM version)
ASUS Utilities
EZ Update
Form Factor
ATX Form Factor
12.0 x 9.6" (30.5 x 24.4 cm)
ASUS Sabertooth Z97 Mark S Limited Edition Motherboard (Arctic-Camouflaged)
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